REVIEWS

5 Feb 2020

One positive is the effective use of colouring and lighting transitions to communicate not only shifts in the passage of time, but also in the father’s crumbling mental and emotional state. The short’s undeniable highlight is a classy use of set space, allowing the daughter to stand raised on a mezzanine, and stare directly down on her father while he drinks himself into oblivion in the family living space. The connotations are stark, simultaneously judgmental and angelic. If anything, this is o...

7 Jan 2020

Subverse is the brainchild of sci-fi director, Joseph White, a web series that follows lead character, ‘Max’ on his journey into the sordid virtual space of the internet’s darkest corner, the ‘subverse’. The first two episodes, presented as a short film, offer a world where users immerse themselves into virtual reality interfaces with increasing regularity, the blurry line between the real and the virtual, hard to pin down. As Max begins to explore the glitchy, disorientating world of the Subver...

7 Jan 2020

The first is the short’s well-chosen selection of music, which helps remind the viewer of its Western traditions and assists in grounding the tone of the piece. The second is its adept use of comedy early on to help the viewer adhere to the filmmaker’s capabilities and chosen tone. Still inside their block of flats, Joshua’s more brutish brother, Matthew, begs him, “don’t bring the fucking hat”, only for us to straight away cut to a shot of Joshua sauntering down the street, scalp adorned with h...

3 Jan 2020

Teddy Mate delivers a ‘disneyfied’ version of what, regrettably, is still too often viewed as an ‘alternative message’, forced for too long to sit on the fringes of film. Marie’s favourite colour being blue, gives a rather lovely allusion (planned or no) to Blue is the Warmest Colour [Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2013], another pioneering film centering on a lesbian romance, and is but another reminder of the film’s ability to strictly adhere to its important message.